Oh no! Another t-shirt stained! You have enough car-washing and cleaning rags so what to do with this t-shirt? Why not sit down, pet the dog, and think about it for a minute? Oh yeah, you could turn the ruined t-shirt into a cool dog toy! If you’ve got a few minutes to spare you can make a fetch and tug toy that is likely to become your pet’s favorite toy ever!
Stretch knit shirts or pants can be easily recycled into rope-type dog toys. The toys are loved by big and small dogs alike. For a large dog lay the shirt out flat on a table and cut it into strips. Cut up the side seam then begin cutting the shirt from one side to the other. Take these long strips and cut them into pieces that are 20 inches long. Each strip should be one inch wide. You’ll need 20 strips to make the toy.
The strips can be all cut from the same color of t-shirt or you can mix different colors of strips to make the toy. Lay the strips in two piles. Each group should have ten of the t-shirt strips. Gather the ends of the 20 strips together and tie them into a large, tight knot. Keep the two sets of ten strips separate, though. Twist each section several times. Bring the 20 ends together and tie them into a large, tight knot as well. This toy is fun for dogs to fetch and play tug-of-war.
It can be difficult for small dogs to carry around the large t-shirt toy so make a smaller version for them. Cut the strips shorter and gather two piles of 4 or 6. No matter what size of toy you want to make cut the strips an inch wide. Twist and tie the smaller rope toy in the same manner you did the larger one.
If you have no t-shirts you want to recycle you can use cheap irregulars to make the toy or even other types of fabric. When using thick, stiffer types of material, like denim or corduroy, use only a couple of strips in each group to twist and tie.
You can make a similar toy by using lengths of twine. Cut them into the lengths you want and as many as you want. Tie them together, twist them, then tie the opposite end. The simple toys will give any dog hours of fun!